Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

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Ravine Gardens State Park is a 59acre Florida State Park located in Palatka, Florida. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration, with cypress buildings, rock gardens and fieldstone terraces. Near the park entrance is The Court of States and a 64ft obelisk dedicated to Franklin D. Roosevelt.Recreational ActivitiesActivities include viewing the thousands of plants and shrubs, picnicking, jogging, hiking and biking. Amenities include interpretive exhibits, picnic areas, gardens, hiking trails, a 1.8mi paved perimeter loop road, and a parcours trail. Visitors can rent a large covered pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms.Special eventsThe park is part of the annual Florida Azalea Festival the first weekend in March, when the nearly 100,000 plants that the WPA planted decades ago bloom.HoursFlorida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).References and external links Ravine Gardens State Park at Florida State Parks Ravine State Gardens at Absolutely Florida Ravine State Gardens at Wildernet Putnam County listings at National Register of Historic Places
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  • The hiking trails are very cool. You get to see a lot of nature and lots of different scenery. The kids really enjoyed the wooden bridges and the winding trails.  more »
  • Had fun with the kids at this park. They really enjoyed the walk and especially the bridge, if I would of let them they would of walked back and forth all day. Nice nature park and a good hike to get ...  more »
  • I have been going to the ravines since we moved here in the 70's. Have seen a few changes. But that is nature for you.  more »
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  • We love this park! The small spring on the bottom of the ravine is so peaceful. Our kids love the wire bridges and our adventure to find the park each time. We have yet to see the Azalea trail in full bloom but we plan to go back. There was some erosion from the hurricanes but it isn't enough to keep anyone from enjoying the beauty that the park has to offer.
  • I cannot wait to go back! My nephews were visiting from England and I wanted to explore Florida with them beyond the theme parks. Ravine Gardens was one of the places we checked out. We got really lost when trying to make our way back to our car (can't admit to being an outdoors person), but we had a great time figuring out the trails which made for a nice bonding experience. This is a cool place. I look forward to more visits. Btw, the restrooms are VERY clean. Great job!!
  • (*Update: this park was hit hard by the last hurricane. Until it's repaired, you can no longer drive on the road that goes through the park. It's still great for hiking, but parts of the park are off limits due to damage.) We've visited almost every park near Jacksonville in the 2 years since we moved here. This is at the top of the list and worth the hour drive and $5 admission. There are so many trails to hike. The suspension bridge is awesome (and a little scary if you hate heights, as I do). Dogs are allowed and we spent 2 hours hiking all through the park. The spring wasn't particularly big, but interesting. You can drive (one-way) down the street that takes you through the entire park. We did that first (it's about 2 miles, I think), then we went back through to find a spot to pull over and hike. There are lots of places to have a picnic as well. It's surprising to see such a steep ravine in Florida. We'll definitely be back.
  • We had our annual Christmas party here. The sound system was awesome and the deocr was cute. The plants and flowers outside are gorgeous!! Great place for parties, weddings, conventions, etc.
  • Just a great place to take your family to explore and learn. They had beautiful Christmas decor, too! Lots of photos opps

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